Well-Heeled Potheads Ditch Joints

Top-end vaporizer becomes smokin' status symbol
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2010 4:33 AM CST
Well-Heeled Potheads Ditch Joints
The Volcano Vaporizer is also used for aromatherapy, although most customers tend to use it for THC delivery.   (Wikipedia)

Joints are beginning to go the way of the dodo at the ritzier end of the pothead market. The Volcano Vaporizer—a smokeless inhalation device fans call the Mercedes Benz of getting stoned—resembles a cappuccino machine and sells for $700. Its maker, publicity-shy German design firm Storz & Bickel, created the device with input from an MIT student who claimed to have found the safest way to inhale marijuana.

Volcano fans say the high is not only healthier, but much purer. “For people who are experienced smokers, the Volcano is different. It’s like describing the bouquet of a wine," one user, a California lawyer, tells the Daily Beast. "It tastes better—you can actually taste the flavors, as opposed to just tasting smoke. You can taste the herbal essences.”
(More vaporizer stories.)

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